Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Other Project

La Línea present:

Fear is Effective

in a lecture with Omar Pimienta
8:30-10:00 am on Wednesday 9/12 as a part of
The Other Project

"In times when our country and its institutions are committed to a thorough re-evaluation and re-assessment of "The Other" through military campaigns, the building of walls South of the Border, the rhetoric of presidential hopefuls, landmark Supreme Court rulings, and the re-imagining of immigration policy and FAA standards, this project takes on the same preoccupations from the context of a refugee tent on a hill in suburban Valencia, a half hour away from Los Angeles."

Evelyn Serrano (organizer of The Other Project)


The refugee tent, originally designed to provide temporary shelter at emergency sites in Afghanistan and other parts of the world, will be set up on one of the hills in FireValley, an un-developed lot adjacent to the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) school buildings. The organizer will move in the tent with her IKEA furniture, her grandmother's crystal vase and other domestic paraphernalia and will inhabit this tent (to the best of her ability) for five days. During this period, the tent and the surrounding area will serve as a context for a series of conversations, forums, performances, workshops and readings. The events will be lead by a wonderful group of inspired visual artists, writers, anthropologists, musicians, performers, community leaders, activists, curators and educators. The formal gesture of bringing together "under the same roof" two contrasting paradigms will serve to frame the events that will take place at the site.


Evelyn Serrano is a Cuban visual artist, educator, administrator, and independent curator. She is also the mother of a very inquisitive four year old boy. Evelyn received her B.F.A. degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and her M.F.A. degree from the California Institute of the Arts. Prior to that, she attended courses on visual arts, design, history, aesthetics and literature in Havana, Montevideo and Miami. Evelyn is currently the Assitant Director of Programs at the CalArts Community Arts Partnership. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Evelyn is honored to have worked with many talented visual artists, writers and performers in several exhibitions and art events she has curated in the US and abroad.

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